Dinesh D’Souza, Conservative Leader Behind Huge Anti-Obama Documentary, Resigns After Alleged Affair

Dinesh D’Souza, Conservative Leader Behind Huge Anti-Obama Documentary, Resigns After Alleged Affair

By Adam Taylor
Business Insider, Oct. 19, 2012

Dinesh D'Souza resigned from Manhattan's Kings College yesterday, just  two days after the Christian magazine World published allegations of an  extra-marital affair.

Indian-born American D'Souza is a giant in the evangelical world, and had been president of the Christian liberal arts college for the past two years. However D'Souza is probably more familiar to the wider world as one of America's highest profile anti-Obama conservative commentators.

In 2010 D'Souza wrote an article for  Forbes titled "How Obama thinks" that traced Barack Obama's ideology back to  his "philandering, inebriated, African socialist" father and his father's  "anticolonial ambitions." Despite criticism, the  article went on to form part of a bestselling book. These ideas were  expanded into a documentary released this summer, called "2016: Obama's  America." The  film has grossed over $33 million, making it the fourth most successful  documentary since 1982 and the second most popular political film.

However, D'Souza's reputation was badly damaged this week when World  published an article titled "King's Crisis." The article alleged that at a  South Carolina speech and book-signing, D'Souza introduced a young woman as his  fiancée, even though he was still married to his wife. D'Souza also shared a  hotel room with this young woman, according to the article. When called by  the journalist behind the article, D'Souza said that he had "recently" divorced  his wife. Paperwork found by World suggested that D'Souza had filed for divorce  after he received the phone call.

D'Souza  hit back at World, writing an article for Fox News that revealed his own  side of the story. He said that he had been separated from his wife for two  years and had not stayed in the same hotel room as his young  fiancée. Perhaps D'Souza's best line of defense was questioning the motives  of World for publishing the story. World's editor, Marvin Olasky, is a  former provost of King's and D'Souza says the article was published as part of a  personal vendetta after Olasky was passed over for the college's presidency.

It gets even murkier. Warren Cole Smith, the man who wrote the article  for World magazine, had also been employed by King's as a consultant until  D'Souza made the decision to not renew his contract.

Whatever the motivations behind the article, the scandal is unlikely to go  away — new  reports from Right Wing Watch suggest that the young lady he introduced as  his fiancée may have been married herself.


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